Winter wreaks havoc on businesses for lots of reasons, with disruption to the parking lot being one of the biggest. Snow and ice build-up on your parking lot stops customers from being able to access your business and restricts entry for your clients and colleagues. Without a safe and functioning parking lot, your business can easily come grinding to a halt.
At Earth Development, we have a team of snow removal experts who know what it takes not just to clear a parking lot, but to prepare it. Take a look at our top five tips for preparing your parking lot for the cold months ahead.
Make A Snow Removal Plan and Backup Plan
The first step is knowing that the winter is coming, and putting a plan in place. Without professional help, it can be hard to ensure your parking lot is always ready. For this reason, your business must take steps to find alternate parking for your most important members of staff.
Circumstances vary depending on business, property, and region, so a backup plan will depend entirely on your circumstances. There are, however, some steps you can take to reduce the chances of you needing that backup plan.
Contact a Snow Removal Company
Earth Development not only provided parking lot snow removal services, but we also provide preventative maintenance to stop ice and snow from forming. Using the advice of expert meteorologists, we predict bad weather and spread deicing agents before the ice and snow have a chance to form.
Contact our team and we’ll put a plan in place to ensure you’re always prepared for the cold weather, with our team attending your property before, during, and after a weather event.
Seal the Cracks and Fill the Holes
Sealing the cracks and filling in potholes is always an important form of maintenance to get a grip of before the winter months settle in. Sealing cracks in asphalt means that water doesn’t reach the sub-grade layer of the surface. As that water freezes and thaws, it widens the cracks and makes them bigger.
The same is true with potholes. The sooner you fix the holes and cracks, the longer the surface will last. It also stops the trapped water from forming large pieces of ice in the winter.
Keeping parking lots clear is important throughout the year, but this is particularly true in the winter. Fallen snow can cover objects on the ground, posing a tripping hazard and an obstacle that may damage cars.
Hidden obstacles or hazards are also a problem for snowplows, meaning our team at Earth Development may experience delays. For these reasons, be sure to clean your parking lot before the winter hits.
Inspect Your Parking Lot Drainage System
Don’t forget drainage! Any failure in your drainage system in the winter means that backed-up water could freeze over the parking lot and cause a serious hazard to people driving or walking on that surface.
Attend to your drainage system throughout the rest of the year to ensure minimal risk of blockages during the winter.
You’re Best Prepared with Earth Development
The best way to prepare your parking lot for the winter is to call Earth Development today. Our team of snow removal experts do more than just clear snow when it arrives – we’ll ensure the chances of snow and ice building up on your property are significantly reduced.
For your own customized plan to keep your business open this winter, call the team today or apply for a free quote online!